About

We specialize in CiviCRM (the leading open source CRM) and other open source Content Management Systems like Drupal, which allow you to move your message, manage constituencies, create content and empower yourself and staff.

As part of our mission to grow and develop open source tools, we actively participate in both the CiviCRM and Drupal projects, contributing bug-fixes and improvements to both projects. We are particularly active with CiviCRM, attending code sprints to write code with the core team and facilitating local users’ groups in the Washington, DC area.

Michael Z. Daryabeygi, Principal & Developer

michael@ginkgostreet.com
@GinkgoMZD on Twitter, Skype & CiviCRM IRC, LinkedIn
Michael Z. DarybeygiI am a long-time consultant for nonprofit organizations as well as state-level government agencies.  I have considerable project management and client communication expertise. I appreciate the unique technology needs of every organization.  I strive to ensure that client objectives and project budgets are met through articulation and elucidation of requirements, identification and mediation of technical risks, and fine-tuned timeline adherence through project management best practices and methodologies.

I have unique experience with analytical database apps giving me the opportunity to foresee the intersection of usability and interface design, data processing, organization processes and the technology platforms that are central to the web today. While data is created in and stored in myriad technologies, I can leverage an institution's data resources no matter what legacy systems they exist in, giving them new life on the web and finding new returns on old investments.

More about me
I was born and raised in the Washington Metro area. I have a strong sense of social justice having grown up among activists in Takoma Park in the 80's.  I started working with nonprofit websites starting in 2001.  I built a CRM from scratch before I got to know the CiviCRM community.

What I love open source & CiviCRM
I love open source & CiviCRM because of its holistic approach to technology creation.  Since users are central to the open source process, it results in a better product. The other thing that's great is that organizations get to own and control their critical infrastructure.

Issues I care about
I am passionate about protecting our democracy and our right to assembly and affiliation. I like to help communities maintain their identities and cohesion, and move their missions forward. I am a neo-urbanist because I think that sprawl is the biggest threat to our precious wilderness and bio-diversity.

When I am not working, I enjoy...
...biking to new places, peregrinating amongst the trees and mountains, enjoying art in the city and teaching Tai Chi Chuan.